Jumbo says black UK stars win US roles because 'we are better'

Jumbo says black UK stars win US roles because 'we are better'

English actress Cush Jumbo says British black actors are being given roles in America over their US counterparts because “we are better”. The Good Fight star said: “The reason I’m doing so well is our training, our work ethic… we learn our lines. “Why are we not trying to keep that here… and tell the whole world that we are the best rather than letting people slip through the net?” Jumbo was speaking to a…

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9 stars who turned down great film roles

9 stars who turned down great film roles

John Lithgow as The Joker? It’s not as crackpot as it appears, as the star of The Crown was once in the frame to play the comic book supervillain. Correction: The lanky 71-year-old was actually tapped to play Batman’s cackling nemesis TWICE – first in a Joe Dante movie that never got made, and again in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster. “My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman,” Lithgow revealed ahead of this year’s…

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The stars who can't escape their most famous roles

The stars who can't escape their most famous roles

It’s every budding actor’s dream – a starring role in a TV show or film that becomes a major hit. But then they try to move on – and find that their iconic character just won’t let them. The latest actor to complain about being shackled to his famous alter ego is Alfonso Ribeiro. You may know him better as Will Smith’s highfalutin cousin Carlton Banks from 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He’s…

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Billie Piper 'annoyed' by sex scenes in acting roles

Billie Piper 'annoyed' by sex scenes in acting roles

Billie Piper has said she is annoyed by the number of acting roles she is offered which involve sex scenes. The actress told ES Magazine it was unusual for her to be offered a part without at least one nude appearance. “What’s annoying is that they are fun roles, if you can remove the sex,” she said. “It’s the sex that makes it annoying. Otherwise they are interesting stories, interesting women with chequered pasts.” The…

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Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a right-wing media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff. In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government. Stephen Bannon, from the Breitbart News Network, will serve as Mr Trump’s chief strategist….

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